EPL: Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez 'has all ingredients' of a top striker, says Arsene Wenger

Updated: Dec 05, 2016, 14:06 IST | AFP |

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger foresees Alexis Sanchez staying in the striking role that brought him a hat-trick in the 5-1 victory over West Ham as long as the Chilean is scoring goals

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

London: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger foresees Alexis Sanchez staying in the striking role that brought him a hat-trick in the 5-1 victory over West Ham as long as the Chilean is scoring goals. Pushed further forward this season, Sanchez has now scored seven goals in his last five Premier League games. His hat-trick against West Ham was the second of his Arsenal career.

"Yes, I think he prefers playing as a striker. He likes the position. People like to play as a striker. If it doesn't work, they prefer their first position. If it comes off, they want to stay there," said Wenger.

"Alexis has the qualities to play there. All the ingredients to be a top class striker and he shows that. He has good movement, he is sharp, he is quick to close down, he can dribble, has a short back-lift and he has a killer instinct. It shows that the South Americans are the leading strikers in world football at the moment. You have to acknowledge that," he added.

Wenger was delighted with the performance of his team at the London Stadium which maintained their unbeaten record away from home this season. "Overall, it was a very strong team performance for 90 minutes today. Our only regret is that we didn't take our chances in the first half. That plays on your mind and you could pay for that, but we maintained the pressure," he said.

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